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post #881 of 1323 Old 11-18-2015, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Yes. You will notice a BIG difference! Also, if you can't find anything at the local store, several online stores offer no questions asked free returns.
What do you think of these? $60CDN 1/2 price.

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Also, will hiking boots work? THey look the same.
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OP, this may sound silly, but can you take a stirrup with you while shoe shopping?

You need something that can easily slide into and out of the stirrup, with a somewhat pronounced heel that will "catch" your foot if it begins to slide through. Sometimes hiking boots don't have a good enough heel and the grippy traction can hinder getting your foot in and out of the stirrup.

Personally, I ride in western boots with a smooth, leather sole. I like the feel they give me in the stirrup.
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OP, this may sound silly, but can you take a stirrup with you while shoe shopping?

You need something that can easily slide into and out of the stirrup, with a somewhat pronounced heel that will "catch" your foot if it begins to slide through. Sometimes hiking boots don't have a good enough heel and the grippy traction can hinder getting your foot in and out of the stirrup.

Personally, I ride in western boots with a smooth, leather sole. I like the feel they give me in the stirrup.
Not sure if I can bring the stirrups with me since the saddle I ride in is the same one my mare uses and my trainer needs it haha.

Hmmm I guess I will just have to eye ball the sole of the boot.

Hey, do you ever go to the barn when its pitch black out? Im trying to figure out how the heck im going to be able to see my mare during the weekdays!
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I actually don't get home from work until after dark during this time of year and we really don't do a whole lot during the week because of it. I tend to max out my weekends though.

Are you worried about catching her in the dark?
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I actually don't get home from work until after dark during this time of year and we really don't do a whole lot during the week because of it. I tend to max out my weekends though.

Are you worried about catching her in the dark?
No Im more worried that the BO will wonder "wtf" im doing and why I would want to lead my horse let alone work her, when its completely dark out and I need a head lamp to see where im going.
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Nah, your BO seems like a pretty alright guy, so I wouldn't be too worried about what he thinks. You gotta do what you gotta do.

There's no indoor area to work with her?
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State Line Tack (on line) has Justin Roper boots on sale for $90.00. Usual price $120.00.Comes in lots of sizes and widths. Rounder toe and just right heel for riding. Even the English riders at my barn wear them just to ride in (not shows). Easy pull on, not tight, nice looking.

Please don't paralyze yourself worrying about what everyone else thinks. Just do it.
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Nah, your BO seems like a pretty alright guy, so I wouldn't be too worried about what he thinks. You gotta do what you gotta do.

There's no indoor area to work with her?
Yes we have an indoor. I just thought that no boarders handle thier horses when its dark out.

Im going to go home today, shower then go see her. By then she should be done eating by then.

Its just once its dark the BO usually goes inside to have supper. Not sure if the boarders at this place usually still go when its pitch black out. I didnt get a head lamp for no reason :)
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No but the problem is she eats at 4pm so i will most likely have to take her in and lead her when its pitch black out. I would have to go home first then come back around 6pm when theyre done eating.

Is it wierd for people to see their horses when it completely dark outside? Im almost certain that this is not common at all and people dont show up at the barn when its pitch back out that they need to use lamps and lights when leading.
It's not weird at all...? I'm not sure why it would ever be considered weird to see your horse past sunset.

You and I live in the same area, as you already know. In Canada our winters are ridiculously long and so are the nights. The sun is now setting at 5PM, and I'm off work at 4:30PM - but you can bet your butt that would never stop me from seeing my horse.

It's very common for busy barns to have lessons going until 9-10 at night, because those are the hours where people aren't working. In fact, I've almost always had evening lessons for my entire riding life.

Dark outside, can't find your horse, need to see your footing in the pasture? Bring your cell phone and turn on the flashlight function, if you know how to do that. My iPhone is seriously involved in my all my horse related activities. :lol"
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It's not weird at all...? I'm not sure why it would ever be considered weird to see your horse past sunset.
Well I would think most boarders would want to go home once its dark out.

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You and I live in the same area, as you already know. In Canada our winters are ridiculously long and so are the nights. The sun is now setting at 5PM, and I'm off work at 4:30PM - but you can bet your butt that would never stop me from seeing my horse.
So how do you see? Do you use a headlamp as well?

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It's very common for busy barns to have lessons going until 9-10 at night, because those are the hours where people aren't working. In fact, I've almost always had evening lessons for my entire riding life.
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Dark outside, can't find your horse, need to see your footing in the pasture? Bring your cell phone and turn on the flashlight function, if you know how to do that. My iPhone is seriously involved in my all my horse related activities. :lol"
Well I have a headlamp but i need to keep it pointed at the ground. If horses see it, they might find the bright light too hard on their eyes.

Im at home right now and am going to see my mare in 1.5hours. It will be dark by then. Im curious to see how the herd is going to react when i go in with a headlamp lol. Its obviously going to be a bit harder to do things, kinda like trying to find stuff in your dark room in the middle of the night.

Im a bit nervous and wondering how the BO will react.
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